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Forest officials advise residents to exercise caution on icy lakes

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s lakes and streams will be popular places to be for winter activities after a few more days and nights of winter temperatures, according to forest officials.

Ice skaters, anglers and those planning to cross a river or stream on skis or snowmobiles would benefit from some planning for a safe and enjoyable outing.

“Ice can be deceptive,” said forest contact Megan Healy. “There is no way to tell by looking at or stomping on the ice or by consulting the weather forecast if it is safe to cross, skate or fish.

“Even on the same body of water, ice strength can vary,” she said. “The U.S. Forest Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)?do not monitor ice conditions.”

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:42 PM

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